August 18, 2017, 11:10 pm
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
To get things started, we begin with one of the newest Kings on the roster, George Hill. Hill signed a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento back in July after spending a season with the Utah Jazz. The 31-year-old posted averages of 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31.5 minutes per game (49 games) on 47.7 percent shooting from the field (40.3 from three). He was held back due to injuries for most of last season but when he was healthy he was one of the best players on the floor. Hill’s going to be a veteran leader for the Kings next season, but how well will he perform production-wise?
Stat-line Prediction: 18.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks. 44.8% FG, 38.5% 3PT, 82% FT.
Hill will begin the season as the starting point guard for Sacramento and will be leaned on heavily. He has a great chance to be the Kings’ MVP this season too if he can stay healthy, however, staying healthy has been a struggle for him of late. We’ll know fairly early on in the season how Dave Joerger plans to use Hill but odds are he comes right out of the gate as the go to guy on offense.
He very well could end up scoring more than this, but he may also end up taking a backseat to De’Aaron Fox at some stage; a move which would obviously dampen Hill’s production. Either way, when Hill’s on the court for Sacramento, odds are he will be productive and reliable which is exactly what the Kings ask of him.
Stat-line Prediction: 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks. 44.2% FG, 37% 3PT, 83% FT.
Hill joins the Kings after having one of the best statistical seasons of his career. However, I don’t believe he matches many of the numbers he’s had in the past as he’s just crossed over the 30-year-old mark. Also, a big ‘what-if’ is the progression of rookie De’Aaron Fox. If Fox becomes a leader of the team, it wouldn’t surprise me if Hill’s numbers take a hit.
Stat-line Prediction: 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks. 47.5% FG, 37% 3PT, 80% FT.
George Hill will likely be asked to be the primary option on offense to start the season, and his history would suggest that he’s more than capable of that. Hill led the Pacers in points per game during the 2014-15 season and was extremely efficient despite a lack of offensive talent around him.
He had a career-high 8.9 assists per-100 possessions that season while also scoring a career-high 28.1 points per-100 possessions, a total that he matched last year with the Jazz. While the team will likely try to give more minutes to De’Aaron Fox as the season goes on, Hill will still be asked to run the offense quite a bit and probably won’t dip below 30 minutes per game at any point.
May 22, 2019, 9:28 pmKristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks
Knicks president Steve Mills claimed that Kristaps Porzingis threatened to return to Europe had the Knicks not completed a trade elsewhere according to Kurt Heln of NBC Sports
The tense history between Porzingis and the Knicks front office has been well documented, which makes a startling headline like this one not all that surprising. It's safe to assume that Dallas' front office will not be hearing such requests, as they represent an opportunity for optimism for both Porzingis and their franchise as a whole.
Source: NBC Sports
May 22, 2019, 6:28 pmTacko Fall - C - College
Tacko Fall of UCF, Marques Bolden of Duke, Nick Weiler-Babb of Iowa State, Jalen Hudson of Florida, Amir Hinton of Shaw University and Myles Powell of Seton Hall will all be participants of the Kings pre-draft workout.
All of the players that will be working out for the Kings are not projected to be drafted next month. The Kings are looking at guys for their second round selections as they have three picks in that round. Unfortunately, those are the only picks they have this year as their first round selection is owned by the Celtics. Expect the Kings to continue to look at players with high ceilings like Tacko Fall. Fall, a 7’7″ center has a 10’2″ standing reach and an 8’2″ wingspan. These measurements are why Fall will get to the NBA at some point. The question of how big of an impact he will make remains to be seen. Perhaps the Kings will draft the large center with one of their three second round picks.
Source: Deuce Mason on Twitter
May 22, 2019, 5:37 pmPatrick McCaw - SG/SF - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (personal reasons) will remain sidelined for Thursday's Game 5 vs. the Bucks.
McCaw has missed the entire ECF thus far due to personal reasons. The basketball community hopes the best for the youngster. Even if he were to come back, he wouldn't be in line for many minutes as Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet have established themselves as part of the team's shortened eight man rotation.
Source: NBA Injury Report
May 22, 2019, 5:09 pmOG Anunoby - F - Toronto Raptors
Head coach Nick Nurse told the media that OG Anunoby (appendectomy) is still without a timetable to return but said that he's doing more every day.
Anunoby has missed the entire playoffs after suffering an emergency appendectomy. Now that Game 6 is necessary and there is a greater likelihood that there will be a Game 7, the chances improve that we see Anunoby return to the court to face the Bucks. The Raptors could use another long versatile defender to throw at the Greek Freak and his teammates. Continue to stay tuned to how Anunoby continues to progress on the court to see if he will be able to return this series.
Source: Michael Grange on Twitter
May 22, 2019, 11:41 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Danny Green never believed Kawhi Leonard was anything but legitimately hurt last year and back-to-back brilliant performances the last two games reinforces how serious the injury was.
“He’s playing through pain,” Danny Green said to a handful of reporters, long after Leonard left the locker room. “He can’t even celebrate baskets because of how painful it is.” For the last couple games Kawhi has dragged around his right leg like there was a nail hammered into it while the Raptors won’t admit there is a problem. Toronto’s bench was brilliant yesterday carrying the team to a victory and with Game 5 set to take place on Thursday Leonard won’t have much time to rest.
Source: Sports Illustrated
May 22, 2019, 9:49 amPau Gasol - C/F - Milwaukee Bucks
Pau Gasol made it official by confirming that he won’t be playing for Spain at the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup due to his foot fracture.
“I would have loved playing with Spain, with my teammates. It has been always important playing for my National Team”, Gasol said. The big man added that he would love to end his international career by playing in the Olympics in Tokyo but after finishing the worst statistical season of his NBA career we have to wonder whether injuries will allow him to continue competing at the highest level.
May 22, 2019, 9:32 amKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that Kyrie Irving is open to joining the Lakers but they aren’t as high on his list as a few other teams.
Irving will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and he has the Celtics, the Knicks and the Nets all ahead of the Lakers as potential destinations. Joining the Lakers would mean reuniting with LeBron James, his former teammate with the Cavs. Kyrie and LeBron overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Warriors to win the championship in 2016 but their relationship went south leading to Irving’s trade to the Celtics last year.
May 22, 2019, 9:22 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Warriors star Kevin Durant has not made a decision on where he’s taking his talents next season, according to his manager Rich Kleiman.
“Kevin is 100 percent undecided,” Kleiman told the Wall Street Journal. “He really doesn’t know, and I really don’t know.” KD has strongly been linked to the Knicks, while the Clippers and the Nets seem to have increased their odds as well, but it’s hard to know what Durant really has in his mind.
Source: Wall Street Journal
May 22, 2019, 9:07 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
FS1’s Chris Broussard suggested that the Nets could be a dark horse when it comes to landing Anthony Davis.
Brooklyn could offer the Pelicans a package that includes D’Angelo Russell (as part of a sign-and-trade), big man Jarrett Allen and their two first-round picks in the June 20 NBA Draft, the No. 17 and No. 27 overall selections. The Nets’ hope is to bring both AD and free agent-to-be Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn as Sean Marks seems determined to build a contender. AD and his agent Rich Paul are expected to meet with David Griffin in Los Angeles soon, so we should know more about the All-Star’s’ future once this meeting finally takes place.
Source: FOX Sports
May 22, 2019, 8:52 amTobias Harris - F - Philadelphia Sixers
Keith Pompey of the Phily Inquirer is reporting that Tobias Harris will be on the radar of at least five teams, including the Kings, the Mavs, the Jazz, the Nets and the Pacers, all of which have room to add a maximum-salary free agent.
The Sixers will have a full plate this offseason as they have three starters headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer in Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick. Philadelphia owns Harris’ Bird rights, meaning they can offer him the most-lucrative deal, a five-year, $188 million pact while the most another team could offer would be a four-year deal at $141 million. Harris will soon be turning 27 and entering his prime and his services will absolutely be in demand even thought he averaged just 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in 12 playoff games this year.
Source: Phily Inquirer